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latest nbc news "wall street journal" poll showing it dead even. mitt romney and his family are already in florida where they had dinner together last night. the president leaves for boca raton next hour. >>> tonight's 90-minute debate is expected to be maybe a little less fiery than the last encounter if for no other reason they don't have a chance to circle each other. they will be setted at the table with bill schieffer. this morning their surrogates gave us a preview. >> it's really important that we not politicize this process. at other times a tragedy, 9/11 the country came together. it's unfortunate those across the aisle are dividing us apart. >> he's asking the president of the united states to get to the bottom why there's this fog around his administration since september 11th. >> i want to bring in matt winter elch and eleanor pike. foreign policy debate would seem to favor the incumbent because he's the commander-in-chief, he's been immersed in all of this for the last four years. matt, what will you be looking for? >> i want to see if romney can put the incumbent on his he
>>> good morning. i'm chris jansing. pundits and pollsters are calling round one for mitt romney, though the spin game is on. >> he's been reversing or rehearsing for this since last june and delivered his lines well. the problem isn't with his performance. the problem is with his underlying theorys. >> i thought he did exactly what he had to do to turn this campaign around. i thought it was about as devastating a victory and defeat that i've seen in a presidential campaign. >> romney appeared poised and confident. he attacked the president's policies aggressively without being disagreeable and he actually looked like he was having a good time. >> look, i have five boys, i'm used to people saying something that's not always true but keep on repeating it and ultimately hoping i'll believe it. but that is not the case. >> president obama, meantime, seemed to hang back, subdued, the strategy seemed to be that when you're ahead, don't rock the boat. but he did try to pin mitt romney down on specifics. >> he says that he's going to close deductions and loopholes for his tax plan. that
debate. the first time president obama and mitt romney have met in person in five years. tonight of course, they will share the stage in denver. a coin toss decided the order. president obama speaks first, mitt romney will have the last word. romney ran the gauntlet during the primary. he did 23 debates. the president has practiced five mock debates before tonight and it's not too late to convince voters, there's a new poll, florida and virginia virtually tied. in ohio, the president has a comfortable seven-point lead. last night, conservatives started circulating this video. a 2007 speech that then senator obama gave at hampton university, criticizing the federal response to hurricane katrina. >> people ask me whether they thought race was the reason the response was so slow. well, no, this information was color blind in its incompetence. >> in north carolina, joe biden went off script and said the middle class has been buried the last four years. this morning, they've turned a clip into a web video. >> the middle class in america is hurting. >> middle class has been buried the
>>> good morning. i'm chris janesing. mitt romney pulled dead even with president obama in the very latest gallup tracking poll. before the debate, the president was up by five. >> we had a little debate earlier this week and i enjoyed myself. >> the romney campaign is making adjustments trying to keep the momentum going and move the elect rat in the swing states where it counts. nest hour, he'll be giving a major foreign policy speech and then later in the day campaigning in newport news. >> the chief is preparing for a co comeback and joking about the last performance. >> everybody here incredible professionals, such great friends and they just perform flawlessly. night after night. i can't always say the same. >> i want to bring in perry bacon and robert costa. good morning, guys. >> good morning, chris. >> good morning. >> so, what do you think? does this poll give the obama campaign something to worry about? what do you think, perry? >> i think the debate performance gave them something to worry about. you have seen democrats very strongly critical of his debate performance. th
more. >> last night, the president was certainly aggressive. romney may have played it safe but made no major mistakes and his supporters also declared victory. analysts point out there's agreement on many key issues. on style, the president with zingers an pulled out the most quoted one when romney mentioned the navy. >> our navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. >> i think governor romney maybe hasn't spent time looking at how the military works. you mentioned navy, for example. fewer ships than in 1916. governor, we fewer horses than bayonets because the nature of our military's changed. >> i want to bring in dana mill bank for "the washington post" and melissa dowdy for the associated press. good morning. >> good morning, chris. >> good morning. >> let's play this with john mccain. >> i don't understand why the president seems to want to take these kind of cheap shots. bayonets and horses. what's that all about? you know? when i debated then senator obama, i didn't criticize or belittle his lack of experience on national security issues. and he seemed to take these cheap s
're making me do my homework. >> mitt romney rallied in a crowd in denver. even though he's been practicing zingers, he tried to play down the need for a victory. >> people want to know who is going to win, who is going to score the punches and who is going to make the biggest difference in the arguments they make and there's going to be all the scoring of winning and losing. in my view it's not the winning and losing, the people themselves, it's something bigger than that. these debates are an opportunity for each of us to describe the pathway forward for america we would choose. >> i want to bring in john harwood and e.j. deion, author of "our divided political heart." thank you for coming on. we've been hearing this expectation game being played, the other side trying to make the other one seem as if they are the greatest debater who ever lived. let's start with a reality check and strength and weaknesses of these candidates. let's start with president obama. what is the strength in this debate? >> he's very well informed. he is a fluid speaker. he has served as president. he's got a tre
and licenses on federal land and federal waters. >> not true, governor romney. >> so how much did you cut? >> not true. >> how much did you cut by? >> we have produced more oil -- >> no, no. how much licenses did you cut? >> here's what we did. there were a whole bunch of oil companies -- >> i had a question. it was how much did you cut them by. >> i'm happy to answer the question. >> this morning their running mates both declare victory. >> president obama was absolutely at the top of his game last night. and i also think that he was able to clearly draw a picture between a future under obama and a future under romney. >> he clearly changed his tactic. they said he would. but his answers didn't change. he didn't offer any new idea about how the next four years would be any different than the last four years. >> arguably one of the strongest moments of the night for the president, certainly one that was getting a lot of attention was after a question about libya. >> and the suggestion that anybody in my team whether the secretary of state, our u.n. ambassador, anybody on my team would pla
% on banners. >> good morning. i'm chris jansing. another political firestorm is growing, forcing mitt romney and his supporters to explain comments from indiana senate candidate richard mourdock. again, it's about women and abortion, comments that brought a stronger view from president obama. let me remind you first exactly what mourdock said. >> i struggled with it myself for a long time, but i came to realize life is that gift from god, and i think even when life begins in the horrible situation of rape that it is something that god intended to happen. >> so in the aftermath the president mentioned the fight for women's health just last hour at a rally in florida and here he was last night on "the tonight show." >> rape is rape. it is a crime. and so these distinctions about rape don't make too much sense to me. don't make any sense to me. >> in a press conference yesterday mourdock did not apologize for what he said, but said his words were misinterpreted. >> so many people mistook, twisted, came to misunderstand the points that i was trying to make. >> but the obama campaign wants to rem
romney leading by four among likely voters. another change, the obama campaign isn't trying to play down expectations. >> i think you'll see an exceptionally strong debate performance tonight from the president. i think you'll see somebody who will be strong, passionate, enter energetic. >> tonight's format, a town hall style debate. 80 uncommitted voters will participate. and candy crowley will select who gets to ask their question. the candidates get two minutes to answer. let me bring in michael shearer and jackie kucinich. good morning to both of you. no lack of advice for the president. take a listen. >> the question for him is can he put that first debate behind him p about and i think he can. he's really just got to talk about what he's done, how the economy has moved and he cannot let the misstatements sit there. >> he has to be careful not to overcompensate after the bas first performance by being too negative, too hot. if he sdw thahe does that, it c backfire very badly. >> so, michael, what does the white house think it has to do or the obama campaign it has to do and are they
being less than honest about his tax cut plan. >> governor romney decided instead of changing his plan he just pretended it didn't exist. what $5 trillion tax cut? i don't know anything about a $5 trillion tax cut. pay no attention to that tax cut under the carpet. >> romney's campaign continuing a blitz of ohio today denying that he's a new moderate but here is what he told the des moines register yesterday. when asked about his agenda on abortion. >> there's no legislation regarding -- with regards to abortion i'm familiar with that would become part of my agenda. >> joining me now, "usa today's" washington bureau chief susan page and "time" assistant managing editor. good morning, both of. >> did you good morning. >> susan, romney's statement appeared to be away from the democrats tried use against them and campaign quickly issued a statement saying mitt romney is pro-life. what is going on with the romney message? >> well, i think romney is -- governor romney is definitely trying to pivot to the middle. we were waiting to do this last spring and early summer when he clinched t
, nevada, colorado. president obama continues to attack mitt romney for his changing positions with his new favorite word, romnesia. designed to fire up his base. >> we can fix you up. there's a cure. there's a cure. there's a cure, but you got to vote to make sure that the medicine is there forumnesia. >> but it's mitt romney who claims to have the momentum. >> and these debates have supercharged our campaign. there's no question about it. we're seeing more and more enthusiasm, more and more support. we haven't heard an agenda from the president. that's why his campaign is taking on water and our campaign is full speed ahead. >> let me bringing in ron fournier, editor-in-chief of the national journal and nia malik cag henderson political reporter at "the washington post." you know, mitt romney's big criticism that will president obama doesn't have a plan, so to answer that, the president released that glossy pamphlet we've been reading about it, he's using it on the campaign trail. >> i've laid out a plan for jobs and middle class security. unlike mitt romney, i'm proud to talk about what'
cramming for the first debate and what could be mitt romney's best chance to change the trajectory of the race. president obama is holed up in vegas for two days preparing. mitt romney will be in colorado tonight. the latest poll shows president obama and mitt romney locked in a tight race nationally. but where it counts, those battle ground states, the president still leads. and here's another interesting poll. most people think the president will win the first debate which may be why he's trying to lower expectations. >> i know folks in the media are speculating already on who's going to have the the zingers. governor romney is good. i'm just okay. >> and paul ryan played his own version. >> president obama is a gifted speaker. he's been on the national stage for many years. he's done these kinds of debates before. this is mitt's first time on this kind of a stage. >> but if all candidates are trying to lower expectations, maybe chris christie missed that memo. >> governor romney's going to lay out his vision for a better and greater america for greater opportunity for all of our
. president obama was first trying to shake off his lackluster debate performance. mitt romney trying to capitalize on his new momentum. and he's got a new response to that video where he talked about the 47% going beyond what his line has been that he spoke inelegantly. >> well, clearly in a campaign with hundreds, if not thousands of sechs and question and answer sessions, now and again you're going to say something that doesn't come out right. in this case i said something that's completely wrong. i absolutely believe, however, that my life has shown that i care about 100% and that's been demonstrated throughout my life and this whole campaign is about the 100%. when i become president, it will be about helping the 100%. >> i want to bring in carl bernstein, ledge answered investigative journalist and rana assistant editor to "time" magazine. does this change the narrative? >> perhaps. i think we need to look at who mitt romney is in this campaign. what he's tried to do is shed his manacles of the far right of the tea party fringe of the party which has come to control the republic
night. true to tradition, president obama and governor romney roasted each other where the candidates did their best impression of standup comedy. >> in less than three weeks, voters in states like ohio, virginia, and florida will decide this incredibly important election, which begs the question, what are we doing here? >> we were chatting this evening as if tuesday night never happened. and i credit that of course to the cardinal. it's taken new york's highest spiritual authority to get us back on our best behavior. >> it is back to business now because with just 18 days until the election, new polls show president obama keeping his lead in two key battleground states. this is our nbc news poll. both sides acknowledge this is a fluid race that is too close to call. joining me now, "the washington post" political reporter and national journal's editor in chief. good to see both of you. good morning. so i just literally this second got on my blackberry the latest tracking poll which is obama 47%, romney, 44%. the exact opposite of gallup. and our poll in wisconsin showing a different
%, romney, 44%. the exact opposite of gallup. and our poll in wisconsin showing a different race than we saw with a marquette poll yesterday. what's going on with the erratic nature of polls right now? where is this race? >> i think a number of things are happening here. i do think there is some movement. some of the polls are showing for instance that romney is more successful than he has been until now in at least bringing over some segments of the female voting population. and i also think that whenever you have a bunch of big events like these debates, one after the other, they kind of throw a lot of turbulence into the system. >> could we be looking -- they talked this a lot on "morning joe" this morning. an election where mitt romney wins the popular vote but barack obama takes the electoral college? >> that's very possible. it's possible the opposite could happen. it's possible we could be counting votes in ohio in february. you know, we didn't get in the business to cover polls. we're covering this campaign. the fact of the matter is this race is really tight. it's going to be really
and choices your family faces? and who has the clear plan to lead us forward? mitt romney will reveal more of his plan to the country in a major economic speech later this afternoon in iowa. but out on the trail he's already following a line from obama back in 2008. >> and so the american people now have to recognize that given the big challenges we have and the big election we have, it's time for a big change, and paul ryan and i represent a big change for america. >> i want to bring in jonathan capeha capehart, good morning. >> good morning. >> is this what it's come down to, trust versus change? >> yes. i mean, it's good that you pointed this out. this is sort of the president ran on the change message in 2008. and now that he has a record to run on and an opponent who's been sort of a bit of a phantom when it comes to exactly what he wants to do if he were to get the white house the next four years exactly how he's going to pay for everything and what the details of those plans, you know, the president is now making the argument that as you showed in the clip, the american people know
down. now it's mitt romney leading the president by four points among likely voters in a new pew poll. that same poll shows enthusiasm for romney growing along with his likability. >> people wonder why it is i'm so confident we're going to win. i'm confident because i see you here on a day like this. this is unbelievable. >> but that poll coming to a different conclusion than gallup's daily tracking poll to this point, which still has obama in the lead, and the obama campaign is getting a lot of attention with this brand-new ad featuring big bird. >> criminals, glutens of greed and the evil genius who towered over them? one man has the guts to speak his name. >> big bird. big bird. big bird. >> it's me, big bird. >> big, yellow, a menace to our economy. mitt romney knows it's not wall street you have to worry about, it's sesame street. >> i want to bring in anne kornblut, deputy national politics editor for "washington post," and "usa today" politics reporter jackie kucinich. good morning. >> good morning. >> good to see you both. >> good morning. >> anne, let me start with you. there
. >> how is the debate prep going? >> it is going great. >> mitt romney took time out of practice to go to church with his wife ann. he is riding high last week. that's something he worked into a stump speech. >> now about a week ago i had a debate and i did enjoy myself. it was a great opportunity for the president and for me, for both of us to talk about our respective points of view. >> i want to bring in the grie owe's political editor, perry bacon and matt welch. guys, good morning. >> good morning. >> president obama says -- at least we're hearing from his folks he's going to be more assertive. he's going to be more aggressive this time around. here's what robert gibbs said yesterday. >> he also knew as he's watched the tape of that debate that he's got to be more energetic. i think you'll see somebody who's very passionate about the choice that our country faces and putting that choice in front of voters. >> so, matt, what kind of adjustments does the president need to make. >> i think he's going to be doing a lot of fact checking in real time. the administration and the campaign
of rules. we want to make sure we're anticipating and leaning forward. >> the romney campaign canceled his events in virginia yesterday. instead, he joined paul ryan on a bus tour of ohio. >> i know that right now some people in the country are a little nervous about a storm about to hit the coast, and our thoughts and prayers are with the people that find themselves in harm's way. >> of course, it couldn't come at a more important time politically. there's a new tracking poll out. it shows the president aahead of romney 49% to 48%. that's a three point swing in his direction from last week. before we get to politics, i want to bring in meteorologist bill karins to give us the latest on the storm. bill, where sandy is taking a slight left turn, right? >> she started the turn. this is the amazing part of the storm, history-making part of the storm. what's incredible is this is still a hurricane towards the end of october, and not only is it still a hurricane, it looks like it strengthens before landfall. we have 10 hours to go before landfall. this may not be a hybrid storm at landfall. it
viewed through a political lens. governor chris christie, a romney surrogate, will show the president the destruction, while new york mayor michael bloomberg politely declined a visit. this morning the president got a substantial briefing on what's happening and the federal support that's being provided for the recovery. some are calling this a commander in chief moment. but at the very least, this hurricane has complicated a very close presidential race. take a look at the latest national polls of the president obama has just a one-point lead among likely voters. three new swing state polls show the president still in the lead, although with a margin that is shrinking in florida, virginia and ohio. and instead of campaigning, the president went to the red cross in washington, d.c., yesterday. >> this is a tough time for a lot of people. millions of folks all across the eastern seaboard. but america is tougher. and we're tougher because we pull together, we leave nobody behind, we make sure that we respond as a nation and remind ourselves that whenever an american is in need, all of u
, conference calls, on social media. the president has now worked governor romney's binder comment into his stump speech. here he is yesterday in ohio. >> i've got to tell you, we don't have to collect a bunch of binders to find qualified, talented, driven young women ready to learn and teach in these fields right now. >> governor romney is pushing back, saying the real problem is the economy. >> this president has failed america's women. they've suffered in terms of getting jobs. they've suffered in terms of falling into poverty. >> joining me now, investigative journalist carl bernstein, a contributor to "the daily beast" and nia-malika henderson. there was never any doubt women were going to be key in this election. we'll see what they do after this second debate. obviously, when you hear the democrats, you heard the president yesterday, carl, they see an opening after this binder comment. is there an opening? if so, how big is it? >> i think there's a huge difference between the two candidates. i think binder is trivializing things. might be indicative of the way mitt romney trivializes
the two candidates. i think binder is trivializing things. might be indicative of the way mitt romney trivializes things, the same way he did the 47%. the real issue is civil rights for women, equal pay for women. the republican party has been against this. they're against the ledbetter act, which provides as a civil rights, a civil right for women, equal pay for women. romney's trying to evade it. the whole election really comes down to romney out there trying to evade the real positions of the republican party now that he's the nominee and has looked at the poll numbers and what plays well in certain states. and his own record. he's been, when he was governor, totally on the opposite side of the abortion question, of contraception, of planned parenthood, et cetera, et cetera. i talked to three governors and former governors, all republicans, in the last two weeks, all of whom have said, who the hell is romney? what does he really stand for? we don't know, but we know he's following our party's line, which is essentially a tea party line. these are republican governors and former gov
are the wrong ones. >> mitt romney's debate performance last week re-energized his campaign, but our brand new swing state polls show it didn't change a lot of minds. 92% of voters in ohio and florida made up their minds before the debate. 91% in virginia. overall, the dial did move slightly in romney's favor in florida and virginia, the race is virtually tied. but president obama leads ohio by six points in the nbc news "wall street journal" maris poll. joining me to talk about all of it, e.j.dion and dana milbank. gentlemen, good morning. remember the old commercial never let them see you sweat? dana, how much pressure is joe biden under tonight? >> he's been at this an awfully long time. and he's sort of an old pro at this. in fact i think both of them will be pretty good. i'm looking forward to this debate. i think more than last week. here we have two sharp guys who can really mix it up on policy. maybe give us some substance. maybe actually teach us some things. >> there has been a talking point that was clearly emerging this morning from the democratic side. let me play that. >> he is l
where there are real differences. i think voters would have come away seeing that a romney administration would be much more aggressive, perhaps more likely to go to war with iran, to authorize some kind of military strike if iran continued to be spinning centrifuges. on health care, clearly a substantial difference and how they would approach medicare in the long run. both sides were spinning a lot. >> i want to bring in brent colburn. good morning to you. >> thanks for having me on. >> let me start with eric. you know him, senior advisor to the romney campaign. ryan, serious, sober, steady. biden, smirking, mocking, immature. did joe biden act appropriately last night? >> i don't know what debate eric was watching last night. for everyone else in america, they saw a different vision of both candidates. you saw from the vice president a passionate advocate, a man who had command of the facts and command of the plans the president and him have for the future of the country. you saw somebody light on substance and wouldn't answer questions. there was a lot of mullarkey being
campaign events they were to attend today. instead, governor romney and paul ryan will hold what they're calling hurricane relief events in ohio and wisconsin. bill clinton continues campaigning for team obama. he'll be in minnesota and colorado while the president focuses on disaster response from the white house. >> the election will take care of itself next week. right now our number one priority is to make sure that we are saving lives. >> i want to bring in perry bacon and lynn sweet, washington bureau chief for "the chicago sun-times." good morning. >> good morning. >> every word is being used for a political priss sxm thm and t not lost on david axelrod. >> we're obviously going to lose a bunch of campaign time, but that's what has to be and we'll try to make it up on the back end. so for us, it's not a matter of optics. it's a matter of a responsibility and governor romney can decide for himself what he wants to do. >> having said that, lynn, you cannot ignore the calendar. we're a week from election day. what are the stakes for this election? >> well, the highest, if it disru
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